Cowan’s letter — which Cowan told The Jersey Journal he hand-delivered to Public Safety Director James Shea — urges the city to take control of the administration of security details at public-housing complexes and cautions that city officials don’t know whether officers work them or not.
In the letter, Cowan cites a Union County investigation into Elizabeth police officers accused of the same actions Zacche admitted on Friday. In 2014, two Elizabeth officers pleaded guilty to theft for taking pay for security work they never performed for that city’s housing authority.
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In a statement to The Jersey Journal, Cowan said Zacche’s actions left some of Jersey City’s poorest residents vulnerable.